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Gladiator (MCM 11)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Lima - Alpha

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • Laid down 7 May 1990 by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 29 June 1991
  • Commissioned 18 September 1993
  • Transferred 1 October 2000 to the Naval Reserve Force, Ingleside, TX.


  • Displacement 1,253 t.(lt), 1,367 t.(fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 82
  • Armament: Two M2HB .50 cal. machine guns; two M60, 7.62mm machine guns and two Mk19 grenade launchers
  • Propulsion: Four 600bhp Isotta Fraschini diesel engines, two controllable reversible pitch propellers, two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Isotta Fraschini ship service diesel generator sets, one solar gas turbine generator and one omnithruster bow thruster system
  • Electronic systems: One AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), one AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, one AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar and one AN/WSN-2 Gyro Compass
  • Mine Countermeasure Equipment Suite: One AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, one AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear, Oropesa type 0, size 1, Mechanical Sweep Equipment and
    MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    Gladiator 33k Painting by Richard DeRosset of USS Gladiator, used in the book "Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The U.S. Navy's Ocean Minesweepers, 1953-1994" by David Bruhn David Bruhn
    Gladiator 91k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Gladiator 97k
    MCM-9/10/11/12 57k c. 1993/94.
    Ardent (MCM 12), Pioneer (MCM 9), Gladiator, and Warrior (MCM 10) at Peterson Builders.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Gladiator 53k 6 March 1994.
    Tied up at the Trident pier, Port Everglades, FL
    OS2 John Bouvia
    Gladiator 23k
    Gladiator 81k 12 September 2005
    Ingleside, TX
    Making preparations for Hurricane Rita
    Jack Treutle
    Scout 221k 23 September 2005
    Ingleside, TX
    In preparation of Hurricane Rita, mine countermeasures ships home ported at Naval Station Ingleside nest in a modified mooring. Ships present (left to right): Unknown, Scout (MCM 8), unknown, Sentry (MCM 3), Champion (MCM 4), Pioneer (MCM 9), Chief (MCM 14), Gladiator, Avenger (MCM 1) and Defender (MCM 2)
    U.S. Navy photo 050923-N-4913K-006 by Fifi Kieschnick
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gladiator 293k c. January 2007
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Gladiator is slowly pushed into the submerged cargo hold of Military Sealift Command-chartered float-on/float-off ship MV Condock V. Condock V is transporting the ship from Ingleside, Texas, to Bahrain to avoid excess wear and tear on Gladiatorís engines. This is the seventh time MSC has orchestrated such a move
    Military Sealift Command photo
    Lee Wahler
    Gladiator 410k 4 January 2007
    Souda Bay, Crete, Greece
    Gladiator sits on the deck of Condock V, a Heavy Lift Vessel contracted by Military Sealift Command (MSC), during a brief port visit while transiting the eastern Mediterranean Sea. MSC chartered Condock V after receiving a request to transport Gladiator from Texas to Bahrain. Moving the mine countermeasures ship in this manner prevents the wear and tear of an open-ocean voyage. Gladiator was loaded onto Condock V in early December in a process called "float-on," which is used for cargo too large to lift by crane
    U.S. Navy photo 070104-N-0780F-005 by Paul Farley
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gladiator 203k 23 January 2007
    Manama, Bahrain
    Gladiator arrives in Bahrain. The ship was transported from Ingleside, Texas, aboard Condock V, a heavy lift vessel contracted by Military Sealift Command.
    U.S. Navy photo 070123-N-6794Z-006
    Bill Gonyo
    Gladiator 220k 16 April 2007
    Arabian Gulf
    An MH-53E Sea Dragon assigned to Helicopter Mine Counter Measure Squadron (HM) 15 participates in a mine sweeping exercise with Gladiator.
    U.S. Navy photo 070416-N-6501M-003
    Gladiator 153k 27 August 2007
    Arabian Gulf
    Mineman 2nd Class Jonathan W. Chiles points out a simulation mine on sonar to members of the media during a tour aboard Gladiator. Which was participating in mine countermeasure exercises with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG). BHRESG was conducting Maritime Security Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    U.S. Navy photo 070827-N-5822P-053
    Gladiator 247k 27 August 2007
    Arabian Gulf
    Steaming off the coast of Bahrain. Gladiator participated in mine countermeasure exercises with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG). BHRESG is conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts in regional nationsí littoral waters. Coalition forces also conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region
    U.S. Navy photo 070827-N-5822P-134
    Scout 14k c. 2007 - 2008
    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Gladiator 666k 5 September 2009
    Gladiator displays the U.S. flag as it conducts underway operations with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Steinhour
    Bill Gonyo
    Gladiator, Ardent & Dextrous 254k 5 September 2009
    The Royal Navy fleet auxiliary dock landing ship RFA Lyme Bay (L 3007) leads a formation of ships including the mine countermeasure ships Gladiator, USS Ardent (MCM 12), USS Dextrous
    , the Royal Navy single-role minehunter HMS Grimsby (M108) and the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during a training exercise. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 090905-N-3165S-631 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Steinhour
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Christopher David Noble, USN18 September 1993 - 3 July 1995
    02LCDR Alfred Collins, Sr.,USN3 July 1995 - 12 December 1996
    03LCDR Richard Banks Landolt, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral12 December 1996 - 28 February 1997
    04LCDR David Daniel Bruhn, USN28 February 1997 - 5 December 1997
    05LCDR Jeffery Richmond Howlett, USN5 December 1997 - 17 August 1998
    06LCDR Brian Joseph Shanahan, USN17 August 1998 - 5 December 1998
    07LCDR Donald Dwight Hodge, USN5 December 1998 - 1 October 1999
    08LCDR Brian Joseph Shanahan, USN1 October 1999 - 13 January 2000
    09CDR Dominic (Dom) DeScisciolo, USN13 January 2000 - 24 August 2001
    10LCDR Everett Scott Pratt, USN24 August 2001 - 26 June 2003
    11LCDR Lyle David (Doug) Stuffle, USN26 June 2003 - 2004
    12LCDR Jeffrey Albyn Bennett, II, USN - USNA Class of 19922004
    13LCDR William Scott Switzer, USN2005
    14LCDR Paul Donald Young, USNDecember 2005 - November 2006
    15LCDR Michael Edward Hutchens, USNNovember 2006 - February 2007
    16LCDR William Scott Switzer, USNFebruary 2007 - September 2007
    17LCDR Adam McGregor Aycock, USN - USNA Class of 1994September 2007 - May 2008
    18LCDR Hans Eric Lynch, USNMay 2008 - 2009
    19LCDR Michael Frank Gesualdo, USNJanuary 2009 - November 2009
    20LCDR Wayne P. Liebold, USNNovember 2011 - 20 May 2012
    21LCDR Matthew Thomas Erdner, USN20 May 2012 - January 2013
    22LCDR Leonard M. Leos, USNJanuary 2013
    23LCDR Christopher J. Gilbertson, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals2013
    24LCDR Horst Dieter Sollfrank, Jr., USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2013 - 6 February 2014
    25LCDR Robert Myers Laird, Jr., USN6 February 2014 - 6 October 2014
    26LCDR Corey Odom, USN6 October 2014 - February 2015
    27LCDR Christopher M. Causee, USN - Awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals14 February 2015
    29LCDR Francisco X. Garza, USN - Awarded the Bronze Star, three Navy Commendation Medals, and four Navy Achievement Medals23 March 2016
    ??LCDR Benjamin R. Nicholson, USN.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

    There is no DANFS history available for Gladiator (MCM-11)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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